Hi there! I just wanted to share a quick card idea with you. This idea came into life as I was creating this layout (I´ve used a TCW stencil on that one too..recognize which one?) and had heaps of texture paste left over after finishing it. So I just took another stencil (“Cut Circles”) and placed it on a piece of leftover patterned paper I had lying on my desk and started randomly applying the paste onto the paper. Then I just let the paper dry and used the pasted areas for this quick Christmas card idea.
The photos actually say it all – it´s just: apply paste, punch, glue down and decorate !
Easy peasy, right? I don´t know about you, but I have a big pile of Christmas cards I need to finish every year, so this kind of card ideas always help me a little in reaching that goal .
As promised, another video tutorial with Christine Urias of ScrapTime! Here she’s using distressed inks plus our stencils and then her white paint markers and all sorts of other goodies (click here to read more.)
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a Christine Urias of ScrapTime! tutorial, then you’ve been missing one of the gems of the craft industry. Here is her how-to using our stencils (Peacock Doily TCW403) plus Splash of Color’s Luminarte paints!
Have you ever started a project and realized you didn’t have the right tool to complete it? It can be very frustrating. It happened to me when I wanted to make a card with a window but didn’t have the die to put through my die cutting machine. Look at your stencils! I wanted a round window and using these two stencils I created my card.
Using the Moroccan Tiles stencil I took a piece of cardstock, traced my tile and cut it out. I added acrylic and crackle paint to my new window to make it look aged.
If you look closely you can see all the cracks. I didn’t use heavy paper so it warped a little but if you put it under something heavy it will flatten. My next step I created the background with the Harlequin stencil, black acrylic paint, matte gel medium and then painted over it with a wash of gray paint. With archival and distress inks I created the window scene and attached the window. My last touch was a big fat furry spider.
Remember there are amazing windows, doors, and portals in stencils. You just have to look a little closer and you will see them.
I still carving cardboard and decided to try using the cardboard as stamps. Using the Abstract leaves stencil I carved three leaves and then cut them out of the cardboard to use them as three different stamps.
Using distress paints and water on my craft sheet I put the leaves in the paint and then onto my paper. These will not be crisp stamped images but they give you that watercolor look. I even carved a couple of green leaves out of cardstock to add to the layout.
Once the paint is dry on your new cardboard leaf stamps, you can use them again. I find the cardboard gets pretty wet and it will loose it’s stamp affect unless you let them dry. The best part is the paint build up on the cardboard because you start seeing lots of different textures. Now it’s your turn to find your cardboard and start making stamps!
Hello there! Sanna here again with two fast and easy-to-do cards. My inspiration for these came from Pinterest. I saw a painting there that I really liked and as I was watching it, it came to my mind, that I could try and create a similar looking background for my cards.
So I just applied acrylic paint layer after layer with a foam brush, let the layers dry properly and after the paint was all dry, applied some white paint thru the “Arrows and Hearts” stencil over the larger magenta painted area for more contrast. On the other card (blue) I used the same technique and stencil, but doodled the stencil images thru the stencil by using a white pen. Then all I needed to do was to add some sequins and the sentiment for finish my cards. Fairly easy, but effective.
I should maybe also add that while I was creating these cards, we had really warm summer weather with degrees up to +38°C here in Austria. Fast and easy projects were just perfect for this kind of weather (and can also be created outside in the garden)…
While I was at it, I also made myself a little bookmark out of a card leftover piece. This one is also really easy to make. I just took the same stencil, doodled thru it with a black pen and after that just colored the images with markers. Easy peasy..
I have been using quite a few stencils on other projects during the past months. There are also some step-by-step tutorials over at my blog – so just hop over here, here and here if you want to take a look at those projects.
Hello it’s Ronda here today to share with you an artsy tag using my Pie Chart Stencil.
The 6×6 stencil Pie Chart is such a fun little size to use on any of your projects. Like any of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils, you can it to mask & paper piece a design.
Take this Love tag for example. After creating my background, I used the Pie Chart to trace the pie pieces on a 6×6 pad of various patterned paper. I like the smaller patterns with those petite size pads. On only two of the pieces, I sponge through the stencil to get the design using acrylic paint.
Next I laid the pie pieces out on the tag just like the stencil to get my pie shape back. I popped up a few pieces here and there to give it some dimension and added in a few embellishments to give it texture. With a black pen I added faux stitching around the pie pieces. You could create this same design on a card, layout, or art journal page.
On this Hipster layout I used the same technique to paper piece the camera on the left side. I love that stencils are really tools in the artists arsenal and can create so many different looks!
Nina Rogano (Нина Рогано) is a Russian mixed-media artist who has sent us all sorts of fun links to her blog. She has promised to make some more projects using our stencils, but we just couldn’t wait. So here is one of our faves: An album that she created from scratch!
If you want to see the whole construction of the book, click here (it’s in Russian, but good ole’ Google translate helps out quite a bit!). I’ll show the highlights below.
Spread PVA primer (glue?) on the bookboard. Spread the book fabric out, place the primed board face down, with 4mm space between the board pieces.
Note the spacing of all of the bookboard pieces. (I think this may be a bookbinding kit…though you can cut your own bookboard if you have a sharp knife and a very good straight edge ruler.) Beginners – go for the kit!!
With a quick drying glue, glue down the overlapping edges of the fabric to the back fo the bookboard.
Prime with a little more PVA glue on the front. Let dry.
Nina used the 12×12 Woodgrain stencil (TCW236) plus modeling paste to create texture.
TCW236 Woodgrain Stencil
Let this completely dry before adding more layers.
From here, Nina added lace and chipboard cutouts (with PVA glue, I think.)
Then she highlighted areas with very bright acrylic paint…let dry.
And now tone it down with gold, bronze and silver acrylic paint.
And here is the finished book cover! (Note the woodgrain texture on the lower left). Thanks Nina!!